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Large Venue & Theater Concessions

With larger venues and bigger crowds come more business opportunities, as well as unique challenges, for your concession stands. Whether your stands operate in a constrained space as in a theater or open areas like amusement parks, layout, efficiency and safety features are just some of the things you need to keep in mind when making decisions about concessions. Find resources here for choosing appropriate high-volume equipment and supplies, increasing customer satisfaction and sales, marketing your snacks effectively, and more.

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The Best Foods for Mobile Amusement Concessions

What Foods to Offer at Mobile Concession Stands in Your Amusement Park

The layout of an amusement park lends itself to mobile concession stands. Visitors get hungry while standing in line at any number of rides and attractions and shouldn’t have to make their way to a central dining location. Mobile stands should be stationed near the most popular attractions as well as at distant edges of the park where tired patrons will have easy access. Offer a variety of food choices at these stands.

  • Mobile amusement concessions should sell filling foods as well as tasty treats. Fun foods that can serve as a meal for visitors are especially important if outside food is not permitted at your facility. If patrons cannot pack a picnic lunch, they’ll need more substantial options to fuel an afternoon of fun. Make sure a few key stations offer things like pizza, nachos, and hot dogs. Easily portable snacks like cotton candy and popcorn are also great for a quick treat in between rides.
  • Don’t forget the refreshments! A full day at the park means kids (and parents!) are going to get thirsty. Bottled water should be accessible at several concession stands to keep visitors hydrated. But also plan on branching out to more fun thirst quenchers. Sno-Kones® and shave ice are traditional favorites that generate great profits, Lemon Shake-Ups offer a delicious bit of nostalgia, and Frusheez® frozen drinks can be made in fruity flavors for the kids as well as adult-only varieties like margaritas and strawberry daquiris.
  • Offer souvenir food items at pop-up concession stands near exits at the end of the day. To help visitors hold on to the fun memories of the day as long as possible, encourage them to take home a reminder. Gourmet popcorn, like caramel corn or other specialty flavors, prepackaged Candee Fluff®, and even fudge can make excellent souvenirs and are easy to transport – both for you and for your customers.

These are the staples your customers will be expecting when they visit your amusement park, but don’t be afraid to try new things too. And, if your space allows, having a full-service restaurant or two is ideal for repeat visitors who may prefer a real sit-down meal on later trips. You can still offer pizza for the kids, but consider providing parents with some simple sandwich and salad options. Your health-conscious patrons will thank you!